Old school house on the move

The old Tara Road school house has been moved to its final resting spot, the Mangawhai Pioneer Village.

Jim Wintle and Bert Sainsbury in front of the old Tara Road Schoolhouse at its new spot in the Mangawhai Pioneer Village

The old Tara Road school house has been moved to its final resting spot, the Mangawhai Pioneer Village.

It now accompanies the old Mangawhai church and is the second building to be added to the pioneer site.

Moving the historical schoolhouse took place during the early hours of February 14, and it’s the fifth move for the building within the community.

Chair of the Mangawhai Community Park and pioneer village, Jim Wintle, said there were “many happy faces” when people saw the building had been relocated to its new spot.

Mr Wintle has been working alongside other trustees to secure the rights to historical buildings in the area for the last two years. He said the Tara Road schoolhouse and its past relocation movements made it an interesting building.

“Ken and Gayle Brown did a lot of restoration of the schoolhouse — I believe it’s one of the oldest buildings in the district, built around 1870,” he said.

Mr Wintle says he thinks the building will remain set-up as a schoolhouse and will be used for educational purposes in conjunction with the nearby museum.

He is looking forward to the completion of the pioneer village which he hopes will happen at some stage later this year.

The Te Arai Library building and the old Mangawhai Post Office will be added to the site in the coming weeks.
 


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